Wednesday, August 15, 2012
We don't all get to go through Life with all of our limbs, or our abilities intact. People lose an arm or a leg everyday, whether they are in the Military, or are civilian First Responders. Some children and young people have accidents, or are born without the abilities that we take for granted. Whether it is accident, disease, or in the line of duty, the people who have these situations often fall into depression, withdraw from society, or just slowly fade away. To counteract this, there is a charity called the Challenged Athletes Foundation, who reaches out to these people and gets them involved in athletic pursuits. I had the pleasure of meeting a young Navy man who had an accident and lost his leg, and he is now running triathalons because the CAF supported him and gave him what he needed, which along with his indomitable will, changed his life in remarkable ways. You can read about him here. My friend Denise Mueller, who is a MINI driver and an active athlete (it wears me out just reading her updates!) is one of only one hundred cyclists who will be cycling from San Francisco to San Diego, to raise one MILLION dollars for CAF, a total of over 600 miles. She has been training for months, brutal rides through the hot mornings, but she has reached her goal of raising $10,000 through her own efforts. Now, since she has a couple of weeks left, she is upping her personal goal to $12,500, and I am so impressed with her efforts and her strength, that I am trying to help her. Here's how you can help, too! These Brownie donkey heads below are custom glazed, each unique, and have high temp wire twists permanently imbedded in their heads so that they can be worn as necklaces. You can win one! For every $10 you donate to Denise's page, you will get one chance to win a Brownie head. If you donate $100, I will send you one outright. I will make another Brownie head for every ten chances that my friends earn, so that your chance of winning is at least one in ten. I will keep making Brownie heads until the deadline for entering is past, which is Sept 1st. There are two rules: 1. You must donate through Denise's page. 2. You must send me an email and tell me how much you donated. (mold40 at roadrunner dot com) Three people have donated or promised to donate $100, and they will now have first pick from these heads, and the rest will be the prizes. I have more heads ready to go, some will be brown and some will be gray. They have a very tiny thank you label fired on the back, so that you always remember that you have it because you did a great thing.